Psychedelic Furs: Made Of Rain UK CD 
- The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll
- Don’t Believe
- You’ll Be Mine
- Wrong Train
- This’ll Never Be Like Love
- Ash Wednesday
- Come All Ye Faithful
- Tiny Hands
- Hide The Medicine
- Turn Your Back On Me
Gloryoski! I could have become a grandfather in the 29 years that The Psychedelic Furs passed between their final contiguous album, 1991’s “World Outside” and the upcoming “Made Of Rain,” due out on Cooking Vinyl on May 1st. Truth be told, the last Psychedelic Furs album I heard was the disappointing “Midnight To Midnight.” Not a fave. I don’t think I ever heard “Book of Days” or “World Outside.” I heard a little of
Love Spit Love” and thought they were interesting, but never took the bait. Then that party ended and the hiatus years began. When The Psychedelic Furs re-grouped as a touring entity in 2000 I thought that they might have a new recording coming our way soon.
Was I wrong there.
I managed to see the Furs on their “Talk Talk Talk” tour where they played their classic second album en toto back in the early days of the blog in 2011. It was a fantastic show; miles better than the earlier 1987 experience I previously had under my belt, but by that point the band had been reactivated as a nostalgia entity with seemingly no desire to add to their legacy, so nearly a decade after that, I am flabbergasted that they are finally making that move. The pre-release single of “Don’t Believe” on sampling sounded fantastic. Dark, complex, and redolent of the “beautiful chaos” that the first two albums had in spades but were thinner on the ground as the band developed. I loved how the rhythms were almost contrary in their evasiveness. It sounded like music that was not stupid, so I’m in.
The Furs’ store has the normal modern series of bundles with the cassette [of course!] version the low end at $9.99, with a sensible $13.99 CD, and various vinyl/T-shirt bundles for those who want more. Black and splatter vinyl, as if we couldn’t see that one coming. But I’m genuinely interested in whatever the band have to say this far along. The two decades of touring have made them tighter than they ever were in the 80s, even as the Butler Brothers were the only members of the original lineup but with long-standing members like Mars Williams [sax since “Mirror Moves”] and the rest of their touring band having spent a two odecades on the road with them this century, it can be argued that the current lineup has long outlasted the initial one. Additionally, the lack of the dramas of youth have probably benefitted the band as much as anything in staying together as long as they have in their second phase.
The band will be playing a one-off gig at The Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, May 14, 2020 where they will debut the album in its entirety. Complete with support by Jah Wobble + The Invaders Of The Heart, so that’s a coin with no tails right there. Then they will be returning to the American Southeast and Southwest for dates this spring on the first leg of what will probably be an extensive tour.
The Psychedelic Furs | US 2020 Tour | 1st Leg
Mon Apr 13, 2020 | KEY WEST, FL | Key West Theater
Tue Apr 14, 2020 | FT. LAUDERDALE, FL | Revolution Live
Wed Apr 15, 2020 | CLEARWATER, FL | Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
Fri Apr 17, 2020 | ORLANDO, FL | Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Sat Apr 18, 2020 | FORT PIERCE, FL | Sunrise Theatre
Sun Apr 19, 2020 | PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL | Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Tue Apr 21, 2020 | NEW ORLEANS, LA | Tipitina’s
Wed Apr 22, 2020 | HOUSTON, TX | House Of Blues
Fri Apr 24, 2020 | SAN ANTONIO, TX | Paper Tiger
Sat Apr 25, 2020 | AUSTIN, TX | Emo’s
Sun Apr 26, 2020 | DALLAS, TX | Granada Theater
Tue Apr 28, 2020 | TUCSON, AZ | Rialto Theatre
Thu Apr 30, 2020 | SCOTTSDALE, AZ | Showroom at Talking Stick Resort
Nothing near me this time, but I can see friends in Florida will have their chances this spring. Any fans into a pre-order bundle will find the link below. I’m genuinely interested in hearing their new album and after having seen them in 2011, am looking forward to [finally] hearing that band on disc.
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